Old Smile – Glued

A new Old Smile release is indeed a cause for celebration. Hailing from New Jersey, Old Smile (AKA Tom Herman Jr), forges dreamy, homemade psychedelic rock. On Glued, Herman paints with an expanded palette of sounds, textures and styles, all while retaining his expert sense of song craft. Hints of jazz creep in throughout theContinue reading “Old Smile – Glued”

Garcia Peoples – Nightcap at Wits’ End

Nightcap at Wits’ End is Garcia Peoples at their highest evolved state yet. Following three scintillating records released within two years of each other—and an insanely busy gigging schedule (prior to COVID, of course)—you’d think these guys would want a rest. Yet, this album finds the New Jersey band tirelessly moving forward, perfectly capturing theirContinue reading “Garcia Peoples – Nightcap at Wits’ End”

Nick Mitchell Maiato – Pino Carrasco

The world is pretty damn grim right now, so let Nick Mitchell Maiato lighten the mood with the intoxicating jams of Pino Carrasco. As most regular readers of this blog probably know by now, Maiato is one of the guitarists and vocalists of One Eleven Heavy, which is without a doubt, one of the bestContinue reading “Nick Mitchell Maiato – Pino Carrasco”

The Asteroid No. 4 – Northern Songs

The Asteroid No. 4 have returned for their 10th full length album, and it’s a vibrant reminder of why they’re one of the undisputed kings of hard acid rock. Entirely self-created and self-produced by the band, Northern Songs is a dizzying brew of day-glow psychedelic rock, new wave sheen and gothic shoegaze that’ll leave youContinue reading “The Asteroid No. 4 – Northern Songs”

Prana Crafter – MorphoMystic

On Prana Crafter’s latest record, William Sol seems to be channeling and processing the storm of today’s societal and worsening environmental climate through his guitar playing. . The ever astral Sol treats the album as one long, continuous song. Each track seamlessly flows into one another, as if we’re being guided through a single meditativeContinue reading “Prana Crafter – MorphoMystic”

Dire Wolves – The Compleat Trancing Master

“We want you to get out of your heads,” states the liner notes in Dire Wolves’ new massive collection of rarities and unreleased recordings. Throughout this 3-CD set, Jeffrey Alexander and co. not only accomplish this, they blast listeners straight out of their COVID-isolated homes, up through the atmosphere and into another galaxy. Across theContinue reading “Dire Wolves – The Compleat Trancing Master”

White Manna – ARC

There is no band quite like White Manna, and never has that ever been more clear than on their mind-blistering new album, ARC. Since 2012, White Manna has been an ever-developing entity, consistently pushing the boundaries of genres and music itself and proving time and time again that they are a true embodiment of theContinue reading “White Manna – ARC”

Color Green – s/t

Color Green’s self-titled EP very well could be the most acid-fueled modern country rock album to date. Recorded entirely on an analogue Tascam recorder, Color Green sways with a stoned swagger. Mellow drumming chugs every tune along like a lone big rig cruising down an empty freeway. Meanwhile, velvety harmonies intertwine with melty pedal steelContinue reading “Color Green – s/t”

Garcia Peoples – “One At a Time”

Just when the world needs them most, Garcia Peoples—New Jersey’s finest psychonauts— return today with the stellar “One At a Time,” from the upcoming LP, Nightcap at Wits’ End. Check out the song’s mind-bending video below (brilliantly animated by labelmate, Kendra Amalie). With luminous Davy Graham-like guitar cartwheels and a cruising rhythm that drives the song’s catchy versesContinue reading “Garcia Peoples – “One At a Time””

August 2020 Roundup

How are we already in August? AUGUST. Anyway, while I figure out why time has become so distorted, here’s some great new music: Surf Muscle – “Theme From Surf Muscle”/”In The Hall of The Mountain King” Lathe-cut onto transparent vinyl in extremely limited quantities, Surf Muscle’s latest single is a red hot cruise of summerContinue reading “August 2020 Roundup”